The NSU PA Program in Fort Myers matriculates one class, in June of each year. Prospective students are selected by the Committee on Admissions (COA), which considers the overall qualities of the applicant. Areas of consideration include:
Personal interviews are offered to the most qualified applicants to assess interpersonal and communication skills, maturity, altruistic attitude and commitment to a PA career.
The NSU PA Program-Ft. Myers utilizes a rolling admissions process. Applications are received through CASPA, as they are completed, until the deadline date, December 1. Interviews are conducted beginning in September and are continued until all seats are filled. The admissions process is very competitive, and due to the rolling admissions (possible acceptance beginning in September), it is advisable to apply early in the admissions cycle.
Course work, particularly required and recommended prerequisites, completed in the recent past is deemed to be more relevant to the related content in the professional curriculum and serves as better preparation than course work completed in prior years. Academic preparation is considered on a case by case basis in the context of health care experience, etc.
Recommended courses are regarded as important elements of comprehensive preparation for application and success in the curriculum.
Introductory and survey courses are not accepted to fulfill the required science prerequisites.
The Physician Assistant Program participates in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for the receipt and processing of all applications. CASPA takes no part in the selection of students. CASPA applications are completed online at CASPA.
The CASPA application deadline is December 1 to be considered for admission the following May.
Once the CASPA application has been verified by CASPA and received by Nova Southeastern University, the NSU supplemental application link will be emailed to you. This email with the application link does not go out until the middle of June. Your complete supplemental application must be returned and received no later than January 15 to be considered for admission for the May entering class. Once we have received your complete CASPA application and supplemental application, your file will be reviewed. Applicants will not be considered for a possible interview until all these requirements have been received.
Prior to matriculation, applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, and a minimum science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale at the time of application.
The College requires applicants to earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each of the following required courses listed below. Science prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall semester prior to matriculation. There is no expiration date for prerequisite courses. However, applicants are still responsible for retaining the knowledge gained from prerequisite coursework. Therefore, applicants with science prerequisites over 10 years may be considered less competitive.College Math - 3 semester hours (Statistics does not satisfy this requirement)
*If you take the combination class of Human Anatomy & Physiology I (A&P I), then must complete the sequence by taking Human Anatomy & Physiology II (A&P II).
Note: Graduates of foreign institutions where English is not the primary language of instruction must present transcripts showing at least 18 semester hours of study from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Of these 18 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours): 3 semester hours must be in English Composition, English Literature, and Public Speaking (courses do not include ESOL). The remaining nine semester hours can be any course of the applicant's choosing (excluding physical education).
Applicants are encouraged to complete their elective course work in the areas of behavioral, physical and social sciences or humanities. Upon review of a student's record, the Committee on Admissions may require additional course work and testing as a condition of acceptance. In addition, previous clinical experience is highly recommended.
All applicants are required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test through the CASPA admissions portal. The CASPA GRE code for the Fort Myers program is 0951. The GRE must have been taken within the past 5 years and must be taken early enough for official scores to be received in the admissions office by the supplemental application due date of January 15th. Applications will not be considered complete without GRE scores. Successful applicants in the past have typically had GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) in the 40th percentile or higher in each of the three categories.
For further information, contact:
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
World Education Services, Inc.
P. O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: (305) 273-1616
Fax: (305) 273-1338
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P.O. Box 415070
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Prior healthcare experience is highly recommended and is considered for admission. Applicants must submit verifiable information about prior healthcare experience to be competitive for admission to the program.
Official transcripts from all institutions where course work was completed or attempted must be sent directly to CASPA by the institutions. Once accepted, if the applicant did not submit final official transcripts with degree conferral to CASPA prior to acceptance, the applicant must submit all updated transcripts to NSU prior to matriculation. The updated official transcripts are to be sent directly from the institution to:Enrollment Processing Services
Two letters of recommendation are required:
Recommendations submitted by relatives, friends, personal healthcare providers, or personal friends of the family are not acceptable.